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• Hillsborough 5, Plant 4
• Sickles 10, Lennard 1
• Bloomingdale 8, Leto 2
• Riverview 10, Blake 0 (5)
Pitchers of the day
Bloomingdale 6-foot-5 sophomore Logan Crouse, one of three brothers on the Bulls’ roster, tossed four strong innings. He allowed two runs and six hits in four innings, striking out five and walking one. … Riverview’s Chad Colding and Nick Holman combined to pitch five shutout innings. The 6-foot-3 Holman, a junior, had seven strikeouts in three innings. … Sickles sophomore Kyle Sanchez pitched 32/3 shutout innings in relief, helping the Gryphons to a win over Lennard. He had five strikeouts and one walk. … Plant’s Jake Woodford was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs, including the winner, in the seventh. But in the previous six innings, Woodford was one of the day’s best. He finished with 10 strikeouts and three walks.
Hitters of the day
Bloomingdale 1B Justin Ambrosino went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in the third against Leto. He finished with four RBIs. ... Riverview 1B Ricky Green singled in two runs and drove in another on a sacrifice fly. … Sickles 2B Zach Cartwight finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and scored twice in the Gryphons’ win over Lennard. … Leto C Frank Collado and 3B Jon Fritzes each went 2-for-3 with an RBI. … Plant C Ryan Ellis, who entered Monday’s game hitting .250, went 2-for-3 with an RBI. The sophomore also notched his first double of the season.
Defensive gem of the day
Plant’s Jake Woodford smacked a ball deep into the left-center gap in the sixth inning, a shot that seemed destined to end in at least a single. But Hillsborough CF Diamond Johnson quickly tracked down the ball and made a highlight-worthy diving catch that prevented a runner from advancing past second. That defensive play came in handy, as Hillsborough held Plant scoreless in that inning and set up its four-run rally in the seventh.
Did you know?
Lennard, at 4-6, was already facing an uphill climb in its attempt to upset Sickles before committing eight errors in a 10-1 loss. But the Longhorns’ struggles in the field can’t even begin to compare with the game Tampa Bay Tech had in 1984, when the Titans committed 17 errors. That was presumably a defeat for TBT.
“This is amazing. I’ll never forget this. This is the Saladino, you know? I’ll probably be in a bar 30 years from now with my boys talking about what happened here today, when we were down against Plant and we came back. It’s a miracle, really.” — Hillsborough catcher Jesus Vega, who had the winning RBI to complete a four-run, seventh-inning rally against Plant